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Sam B.

Austin, TX

$90/hour

Enthusiastic Math, Economics & Standardized Testing Tutor

400+ Hours
Background check passed as of 6/16/15
5.0 average from 171 ratings
Sam is an excellent tutor!
— Erol, Irvine, CA on 10/2/15

$90/Hour


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The University of California,Riverside
Math and Economics
THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN
Master's

Education

The University of California,Riverside (Math and Economics)

THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN (Master's)

About Sam

Hello everyone!

My name is Sam. My philosophy on tutoring is simple, I work very hard behind the scenes to make my sessions as effective as possible for my students. Every student's learning curve, strengths, weaknesses and learning styles are different. As such, my approach to each student is unique. I am passionate about helping students reach their academic goals and I take pride in my role as their tutor and also as a mentor. I received my undergraduate training in Economics and Mathematics from the University of California, Riverside. For the 2016-2017 school year I am completing a Master's degree in Economics from the University of Texas, Austin.

I specialize in the following subjects:

University Level:

College Algebra
Trigonometry
Pre-calculus
Calculus I, II, II
Ordinary differential equations
Applied linear algebra
Probability & statistics (and statistics for economics)
Microeconomics
Macroeconomics
Econometrics / regression analysis
Game theory

High School:

AP Macroeconomics
AP Microeconomics
AP Statistics
AP Calculus AB
AP Calculus BC
Honors Precalculus
Trigonometry
Algebra 2
Algebra 1

Standardized Testing:

SAT math
ACT math
ACT science
GRE math
GRE analytical writing
ISEE
HSPT
William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition

Here is some more background information on me: I worked roughly 15-20 hours a week throughout my undergraduate career and as such my time was a very valuable commodity. I could not let a single hour go to waste. My time management skills reached a very advanced level. I learned how to make the most of my time every single day.

As a result, I succeeded in school by finishing with a high GPA & joining a prestigious honor society on campus. I succeeded in my job at the time which was Database Management and Marketing for a (high-end audio) distribution company by receiving a full time job offer post graduation.

I believe that time management is an essential skill that every successful student must deal with throughout their academic careers. Therefore, in addition to teaching students Math and/or Economics, I also teach them some simple yet effective techniques that will help them make the most of their time.

During the past 5 years I have been fortunate enough to tutor students all over Southern California ranging from elementary school to college. For the 2015-2016 academic school year I was fortunate enough to tutor full time, I had about 17 weekly recurring students and many more short term students throughout the year.

I have a passion for helping students reach their goals and more importantly realizing their true potential as an individual. I always tell my students, "you don’t have to be a genius to be a good math student, but you must put in the work."

After my time with students, I see that there is a general shift with their outlook towards math. They aren’t so intimidated by the subject because math can be very fun and rewarding when taught properly and with enthusiasm.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions you have. I make it a point to respond very quickly as I value your time. I look forward to meeting you!
Hello everyone!

My name is Sam. My philosophy on tutoring is simple, I work very hard behind the scenes to make my sessions as effective as possible for my students. Every student's learning curve, strengths, weaknesses and learning styles are different. As such, my approach to each student is unique. I am passionate about helping
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Policies
Cancellation
3 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Austin, TX 78705
Background Check: Passed

"Sam is an excellent tutor!"

- Erol, Irvine, CA on 10/2/15

"Made a 100 on my test with his help!!!"

- Caroline, Austin, TX on 9/28/16

"Amazing Tutor !"

- Tracy, Aliso Viejo, CA on 1/27/16

"Excellent tutor"

- Melina, Dana Point, CA on 10/20/15

"Lifesaver"

- Jordan, Trabuco Canyon, CA on 9/1/15

"Sam was well-prepared, patient and very capable of tutoring a wide variety of quantitative subjects."

- Laurie, Trabuco Canyon, CA on 8/25/15

"Great first lesson, look forward to the next!"

- Karen, San Clemente, CA on 8/5/15

"Patient and good at communicating subject matter."

- Cynthia, Laguna Woods, CA on 6/18/15
Math:
ACT Math,
Actuarial Science, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus,
Differential Equations, Discrete Math, Econometrics, Elementary Math, Finite Math, Geometry, Linear Algebra, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Probability, SAT Math, SPSS, Trigonometry
Science:
ACT Science, Nutrition, Physical Science, Physics
English:
TOEFL
Test Preparation:
ACT Math,
ACT Science, GED, GRE, ISEE, SAT Math, STAAR, TOEFL
Computer:
SPSS
Language:
TOEFL
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math
Business:
Economics, GRE
Sports/Recreation:
Soccer

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

ACT Math

I have tutored The ACT math to countless students in the past. In short, it is a 60 minute, 60 question section with a calculator, covering: Pre-algebra, Algebra, Coordinate Geometry, Plane Geometry and
Trigonometry.

Initially, I start with a diagnostic test for my students followed by a very thorough error analysis of their missed questions. All of which will be categorized into one of the three topics above and dealt with in isolated scenarios with high repetition.

Student's must become very familiar with the test and the timing of it, which can be a constraint for many. This is done with a high frequency of sessions.

Homework should be expected and is very crucial to the process. Additionally. for any standardized test, there are certain tricks that students can employ even when they aren't sure what the correct answer is to increase their chances of guessing correctly.

Typically I recommend 3 sessions per week and a minimum of 2 months prep time.

Calculus

I recommend all students to do a thorough review 2-3 weeks BEFORE they start a calculus course. I have created a great 'crash course' packet that students can complete to ensure they are ready to digest the calculus topics from day 1 in class without having to feel overwhelmed with weaknesses in their non-calculus related training. I have taken about 15 calculus based courses as a student and I can truly say I love the subject! It's like learning a new language, which can be frustrating initially. But once you establish fluency it's very rewarding.

Every student that has worked with me on a long term basis has passed the AP Calculus exam.

Soccer

Soccer is my passion in life. I played club soccer between the ages of 6-18 years old. I played for the Irvine Strikers, which is consistently one of the best clubs in the nation. Our team was in the Premier bracket, the highest bracket possible.

In high school I was the captain of the freshman/sophomore team my freshman year. My sophomore year I was one of 3 sophomores to make Varsity, I held a starting position that year and I received 'Honorable Mention' at the end of the season. My junior and senior years I was the captain of the Varsity team.

Collegiately, I played at Irvine Valley College, we finished 2nd place in league.

I continue to play twice a week competitively.

Trigonometry

Trigonometry is often the most confusing subject for many students I've encountered simply because they don't make the connection that we are now dealing with lengths and angles. I have proven techniques that help my students truly understand the unit circle, graphs of trig functions and trig identities. I don't teach them to just memorize but rather to understand why these relationships and equations exist.

The University of California,Riverside
Math and Economics
THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN
Master's

Education

The University of California,Riverside (Math and Economics)

THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN (Master's)

Sam is an excellent tutor!

Specifically, I am very excited with Sam's level of math tutoring. Most math teachers and tutors do not really understand math enough to teach it at the middle or high school level. They do not know the levels of abstraction and strategies required to solve different classes of math problems. Sam has good math education, and excellent understanding of the process of solving math problems, and is a

— Erol, Irvine, CA on 10/2/15

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $90.00

Cancellation: 3 hours notice required

Travel policy

Sam will travel within 20 miles of Austin, TX 78705.